ref date:18 Jan 1999 (WBA)
Members of Scottish parliament being forced to support Queen
Under an outmoded 19century ENGLISH law, members of the Scottish parliament
must swear an oath of allegiance to the English Queen Elizabeth in English
and then if they so wish in Scots (or Gaelic).
MSPs who fail to do so will not be paid and after two months will lose their
Considering the Union of the crowns brought the start of Londons domination of
Scotland in the 17th century, this is highly inappropriate.
However, the English royal familys position will no doubt evolve rapidly
after the Scottish parliament sits. More Scots are anti monarchy than
pro independence, so the Scottish MSPs will have to swallow their pride
on this one and perhaps recite the Declaration of Arbroath that announced
Scotlands unity and independence in 1325 to themselves, whilst smiling